Anthony Graziano and Aakash Dalal were only 19 when they committed antisemitic crimes in the Jewish community of New Jersey. Last year they were convicted of terrorizing Jewish communities, in July they were each sentenced to 35 years in prison.
The two men committed several attacks; they firebombed two synagogues, threw Molotov cocktails into a rabbi’s home, fired in a rabbi’s family bedroom while he and his family were sleeping, and spray painted antisemitic graffiti on two synagogue walls.
Their case was defined as state anti-terrorism, with the ruling charging a minimum of 30 years in prison. However, Graziano and Dalal were each sentenced to an additional five years.
Brian Sinclair, the assistant prosecutor said: “They were partners in hate, partners in intimidation and ultimately in crime.”
Graziano apologized for his deeds: “The way I chose to express myself with violence was wrong. The hatred I had for the Jewish faith was unacceptable. I hope the Jewish community can find peace after tragedy.” Dalal did not comment on the sentencing.
This case adds to the numerous antisemitic attacks that represent a troubling rise in violence toward Jews in the U.S., and in New Jersey in particular, according to the Anti Defamation League.
Source: Israel Hayom
By: Yael Soffer